Farmer happy with lamb prices

Waimatua farmer Roger Bell assesses his long grass which he thinks has contributed to his good lamb prices for the 2015/16 season.

You can almost hear Roger Bell's grass growing on his Waimatua sheep farm.

Can hobbits save farmers?

A van from Hobbiton parked near the set of The Hobbit on a farm at  Wharepapa in the South Waikato.

Never mind finding the one ring to rule them all, can hobbits compensate for lost milk income?

Field day's humble start video

Southern Field Days chairman Logan Evans, left,  and committee member Grant Dickson discuss plans for the field days on February 10-12 in Waimumu.

Once a humble event, Southern Field Days is now the second largest of its type in NZ.

Worst stock-wading offenders

Cattle grazing on the shore of Lake Ellesmere, as seen from the Little River Rail Trail.

Criticism mounts about stock in waterways, with some farms getting repeated complaints.

Farm boys fly at rodeo video

A bull surveys the crowd at Martinborough's Pukemanu Bull Ride.

Martinborough farm boys and bullriders took their shot at eight seconds to glory.

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opinion

Dairy farmers under no illusions of year ahead

Dairy farmers are digging in for a tough road ahead.

OPINION: Chris Lewis takes stock of a frustrating dairy season.

Research backs smaller Fonterra board

OPINION: International research shows that smaller boards have achieved bigger returns for its shareholders.

Pleasing mating performance at Owl Farm

Milk price and trade closely linked

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

"Men to shed their Southern Man Image" is the theme to the  debate run as a Fundraiser for SBHS Old Boys Assn & SBH Charitable Trust.Three of the Debaters are(l-r)Mike Fallow, Gerry Forde & Tim Shadbolt

Southern man hunt on again

Do you have what it takes to be The Southern Man?

dairy

Can hobbits save farmers?

A van from Hobbiton parked near the set of The Hobbit on a farm at  Wharepapa in the South Waikato.

Never mind finding the one ring to rule them all, can hobbits fill the gap of lost dairy income?

Virus could cause $2.6m loss in south

Bovine viral diarrhoea could be costing Southland up to $2.6 million a year.

A Fonterra milk tanker lost between 5000 and 7000 litres of its load when it crashed into a ditch in the Coromandel.

Milk tanker rolls

Thousands of litres of milk spill onto a Coromandel paddock.

advice

Down on the farm

Parched paddocks near Waikari, North Canterbury. Dry conditions are one of the chief concerns for farmers.

A Federated Farmers survey shows confidence at a low level.

Boutique breeders prize lesser-known cattle breeds

Speckle park, white galloway, blonde d'aquitaine and red poll sound like ice-cream flavours but they are cattle breeds.

The number of sheep farms in South Canterbury has halved since 2000. Will sheep farms become a thing of the past?

Sheep farms halve

Will the iconic New Zealand sheep farm become a thing of the past in South Canterbury?

aquaculture

Marine park meetings next week

Recreational fishing will be enhanced in the Marlborough Sounds by a ban on commercial fin fishing, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

"People will be able to draw their own conclusions and ask if this is good for Marlborough, and what does the region really want?"

Salmon is king in Sounds video

Salmon farmed in the Marlborough Sounds is going to top restaurants in Japan and elsewhere.

Oysters from around New Zealand will be on offer at the Auckland Seafood Festival.

Treat for oyster lovers in Auckland

Organisers of the Auckland Seafood Festival say the New Zealand shellfish are as different as individual wines.

beef

Cricket game planned on Marlborough dry lake bed

Ward farmer John Hickman with his daughters Holly and Tia at Lake Elterwater.

The driest summer in 86 years in Marlborough had caused Lake Elterwater, a protected wildlife reserve 40 kilometres south of Blenheim, to dry out.

Boutique breeders prize lesser-known cattle breeds

Speckle park, white galloway, blonde d'aquitaine and red poll sound like ice-cream flavours but they are cattle breeds.

The number of sheep farms in South Canterbury has halved since 2000. Will sheep farms become a thing of the past?

Sheep farms halve

Will the iconic New Zealand sheep farm become a thing of the past in South Canterbury?

Sheep

Farmer happy with lamb prices

Waimatua farmer Roger Bell assesses his long grass which he thinks has contributed to his good lamb prices for the 2015/16 season.

You can almost hear Roger Bell's grass growing on his Waimatua sheep farm.

'This gets me out of the house'

At 87 years old and with 318,000km on the clock of his wee Fiat, James Pirie is a true champion.

Charlton sheep breeders Trevor and Doris McCall with their south suffolk ram which collected a swag of awards at the Gore A&P Show.

South Suffolk best in show at Gore

South suffolk breeder Trevor McCall knew his ram was a good sheep.

cropping

Zespri's push into Asia

Zespri chairman Peter McBride, left, and T&G Global chairman Professor Klaus Josef Lutz sign the MOU at Berlin Fruit Logistica.

Zespri has signed a deal to use T&G as its marketer in south-east Asia.

Farmers welcome TPPA signing

Farmers see more than trade benefits arising from this week's TPP signing in Auckland.

Mike Porter of Lyalldale: Full cultivation wasn't sustainable and it was time to stop.

Grain and seed the agriculture cornerstone

South Canterbury farmers take pride in arable farming being the cornerstone of the agriculture industry.

agribusiness

What makes the perfect southern man?

Small town girl Rachael Kelly is still looking for Mr Right.

6:42 PM  Some rural gals give us their take on what the perfect southern man looks like.

Teen makes storing tools on quads safer

A rural teen is the chief executive of a company making a safe storage device on a quad bike.

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Foreign company eyes new SC factory

A foreign company is considering South Canterbury as the location for a multi-million dollar agricultural processing factory.

Discovery

Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

What makes the perfect southern man?

Small town girl Rachael Kelly is still looking for Mr Right.

6:42 PM  Some rural gals give us their take on what the perfect southern man looks like.

Sheep meat prices disappoint director

While the lead-up to Christmas is a blur of crutching, shearing, weaning and producing stock in top condition for market, mid-January is our time to take stock, re-group and plan how we intend to proceed through until autumn.

Bronwyn Muir.

Opportunity knocks for Taranaki farmers

Bronwyn Muir turns her focus to the positive points of farming in Taranaki.  

Video

Trapped in a rural 'dead man's land'

Christchurch landowners say a highway makeover and land zoning change has marooned them.

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